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Thanksgiving

We miss you.   My Mother prepares the Thanksgiving meal. Every year one of the traditional things that she makes are butter cookies that she cuts out with a red cookie cutter that is shaped like a turkey. Setting the table she adds one of the turkey cut-out cookies to each of the plates. —- My brother Marty would traditionally sneak into the dining room and bite off the heads of each of the turkey cookies. Crumbs and a headless, cookie-cut-out turkey... Thanksgiving would begin with my Mother m...
Tags: Travel, Mother, Gabriel, Marty, Sacha, Yann, Memories from Back Home, French la Vie


Home

  What speaks my mother's kitchen to me: - The sugar bowl and spoon, the exact same one since forever, in the exact same place in the cupboard. - The small old dust brooms laced on a rod for a kitchen curtain. - The pull-out cutting board. - The tin cup sitting on the counter that she drinks from everyday. - The chocolate chips that are "hidden" in the dish towel drawer, - and those perfectly pressed dish towels. - Not a single good cutting knife. - The kitchen faucet with a mind of its own. -...
Tags: Travel, Memories from Back Home, French la Vie


Rose's Love Letter

    In a box at the flea market, Dusty and forgotten, Memories slept closely to one another while  silently dreaming of another place and time.       Once cherished. Placed carefully. Peeked at when the heart ached, or feelings surged. Those secrets, those cherished bits of papers, the letters from someone she held close. Memories pinned on love.           Years ago, when I was around nineteen years old, I had the opportunity to care for an elderly woman who was housebound. A beautiful w...
Tags: Travel, France, Rose, Yann, Queen Rose, Memories from Back Home, French la Vie


Rose's Love Letter

    In a box at the flea market, Dusty and forgotten, Memories slept closely to one another while  silently dreaming of another place and time.       Once cherished. Placed carefully. Peeked at when the heart ached, or feelings surged. Those secrets, those cherished bits of papers, the letters from someone she held close. Memories pinned on love.           Years ago, when I was around nineteen years old, I had the opportunity to care for an elderly woman who was housebound. A beautiful w...
Tags: Travel, France, Rose, Yann, Queen Rose, Memories from Back Home, French la Vie


Long Distance Love

  Saying goodbye to my family in California does not grow easier. How could it be? Instead of going down the rabbit hole of longing to have everyone I love in one place, the impossible dream. I remind myself how fortunate I am to have two worlds that I can call home and be grateful that I am able to travel back and forth, saying goodbye and living far away is not easy nor should it be. That is the bittersweet gift of long-distance love. Seeing my mom and sharing Gabriel with my family pulled e...
Tags: Travel, California, France, Paris, Gabriel, Memories from Back Home, French la Vie


The Story of Family

    The history of my family started back before any of us were born, back before history was recorded, before ink and pen, somewhere amongst a woman's arms and a man's kiss, somewhere in the middle of a heart and soul. My father's and my mother's parents came from the Azores, the islands off of Portugal.         The history of my family took place sailing across the ocean, traveling and working across the fields, buying farmland, and prayer. I never thought about it before, but the long row o...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, living in France, Portugal, ANN, Craig, Azores, Judy, Martin, Mary, Patti, SHELLEY, Sacha, Alfonso, Memories from Back Home, Julie Sacha


A Wonderful Day Spent

                Related Stories A Circle of LoveHome, Family and HeartThanksgiving with Cinderella  [Author: Tongue in Cheek]
Tags: Travel, Tongue in Cheek, Movable Feast, Memories from Back Home


A Circle of Love

  When Chelsea tried on the first of many wedding dresses, my mom asked her granddaughters, (my nieces and Chelsea's first cousins) to hold hands ans circle her in love. I felt a tradition was born in that moment.   ...   Happy Thanks Giving!  Here is knowing that we have hundreds of reasons for which to be grateful, moments for mindfulness and a life needing us to be loving and kind. Thank you for reading my blog and your generous encouragement.   XXX           Related Stories Home, Famil...
Tags: Travel, Chelsea, living in France, Tongue in Cheek, Memories from Back Home


Home, Family and Heart

      We are in Willows back to the nest. Yann, Sacha, Chelsea, Martin and I. The fire is burning, the cookies are being made, the motorcycles are going around and around, the children are in and out of my mother's home all the day, and I have been in bed sick. It seems every time I come home I catch a nasty cold. This one had me down for four days and we are staying ten days. Grr. Though I would rather have a cold here than back in my home alone. So even though I am disappointed by being ill I...
Tags: Travel, Tongue in Cheek, Memories from Back Home, Yann Sacha Chelsea Martin


Getting Ready to Say Goodbye

  Leaving is never easy. It is a fact that I cannot change no matter how many times I say goodbye. It is what it is. I am fortunate to be able to come as often as I do, and more so that I have a family to come to visit. This month I have seen nearly 100 people mostly family, and friends that feel like family. A small town offers that sort of community, I have seen more people in a month than I see in a year in France. That is a fact of having a BIG family, of growing up in a tight knit rural fa...
Tags: Travel, France, Zane, Tongue in Cheek, My Mom, Home Away From Home, Memories from Back Home



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